New luxury hotel aims to boost Long Beach show business


Originally built in 1926 as an ornate waterfront hotel, the property formerly known as The Breakers, Long Beach is undergoing a $150 million restoration and renovation to become the first hotel- luxury boutique in this Southern California city by October 2023.

For association groups, the hotel, now called Fairmont The Breakers, will meet an essential need: a home base for the event’s VIPs. Steve Goodling, President and CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, “Fairmont’s presence in Long Beach allows us to grow our convention market. Previously, some conventions could not choose our destination because we were unable to offer a luxury boutique hotel.

Fairmont The Breakers will offer 185 guest units, including 26 suites. There will be five food and drink outlets, including the restored Sky Room restaurant on the 13th floor. Just above the Sky Room will be a rooftop bar and terrace (see nearby image) with a 360 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles Basin.

A third-floor pool deck will sit atop a luxury spa, the only one in Long Beach. In addition to a restaurant and lobby bar, there will be a jazz club and lounge on the ground floor. And for meetings away from the lounge, the hotel has 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

The Fairmont is across the street from the convention center as well as waterfront attractions including the RMS Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Pine Avenue row of restaurants and the East Village arts district are also nearby. Shoreline Village on the downtown waterfront is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Long Beach Airport, served primarily by Southwest but also by American from Phoenix and Delta from Salt Lake City, is 6 miles from the hotel. Los Angeles International Airport is 34 km from the hotel, a 35-minute drive. John Wayne Orange County Airport is 22 miles away, a 40 minute drive.


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